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APHA teams with Teton Ridge to launch The American Performance Horseman competition

Expanding upon its commitment to elevate and positively impact the Western horse world, Teton Ridge unveiled an unprecedented new event: The American Performance Horseman. The innovative working Western sporting event—which will feature cutting, reining and reined cow horse—will debut on March 10, 2023, in Arlington, Texas, at The American rodeo Western Weekend.

The top five year-end money-earning professionals in cutting, reined cow horse and reining will come together to compete for $1 million in individual and team prize money in this competitive exhibition format on The American Rodeo’s global stage. The American Performance Horseman is a prestigious competitive exhibition that is supported by APHA, AQHA, NRHA, NCHA and NRCHA.

“As Teton Ridge continues to make great strides to bring the iconic events in the Western industry to a broader audience, it was only natural to create an event to pay homage to the most prestigious competitors in Western performance sports and their incredible equine partners,” President of Teton Ridge Sports Joe Loverro said.

The American Performance Horseman Details:

  • When: March 10, 2023, during the American Rodeo 2023 western weekend in Arlington, Texas.
  • What: A premier competition featuring the top five riders from cutting, reining and reined cow horse with the highest show earnings from 2022 show season as tracked by each association.
    • Riders will compete for team and individual prize money but most importantly the prestigious title of champion
  • Why: The American Performance Horseman is the creation and vision of Teton Ridge and is an ode to the past, present and future of the western equine performance sports.
    • Offers fans a groundbreaking new way to embrace and support the legacy of the American West


Sign up for The American Performance Horseman Ticket Wait List: americanrodeo.com/american-horseman

For more information: tetonridge.com and americanrodeo.com


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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.